Sep 9, 2013

It's Monday: What's in Your Mailbox?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.
Yolanda of Notorious Spinks Talks Books hosts Mailbox Monday this month.

Received last week: This one reminds me of the real-life scandal surrounding the Bolshoi Ballet not too long ago.

Title: Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy: A Novel by Elizabeth Kiem, August 13, 2013; Soho Teen.
Book description: "A new breed of spy novel combines classic thrills, Bolshoi intrigue, and elements of the paranormal.

Marina is born of privilege. Her mother, Sveta, is the Soviet Union's prima ballerina and an international star. But Sveta is afflicted with a mysterious second sight and becomes obsessed with exposing a horrific state secret. Then she disappears.

Fearing for their lives, Marina and her father defect to Brooklyn, where Marina is a dancer at Juilliard. But her enigmatic partner, Sergei, makes concentration almost impossible, as does the fact that Marina shares her mother's “gift,” and has a vision of her father’s murder at the hands of the Russian crooks and con artists she thought they'd left behind. Now Marina must deal with her mother's disappearance, her ability, and exactly whom she can—and can't—trust." (publisher)

I have been receiving a few teen novels recently and must admit, this one does look good, as does this other from last week,
Relic by Heather Terrell, to be published October 29, 2013 is a combination of fantasy and dystopia about a "civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down."

Current reads include
Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, "an account of how the Mississippi shaped America,"
Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd.
I finished last week:
Reese's Leap: An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, for a book tour this week.

What are you reading and what arrived in the mail last week?

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  1. Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy looks interesting. Have a great week.

  2. Hope you enjoy your reading this week!

    <a href="" title="Small Victories Sunday>Here's my reading recap, hope you stop by!</a>

  3. The Ballerina book looks awesome, maybe because the plot sounds unique. Thanks for sharing this and all your titles.

  4. I didn't know there was a ballet scandal. Sounds interesting. Have a great week.

  5. Nice mailbox...enjoy.

    I am reading THE NINE FOLD HEAVEN by Mindmei Yip for a blog tour. It is pretty good.

    As for what I received in the mail....I don't know since I am out of town, but I did attend a Hachette Book Event and received 9 books. I will report about those books on next week's Mailbox Monday when I return.

    Actually my husband just called and told me I received SIX books. I said please tell me the titles, and he said he didn't feel like opening all the packages. :( Oh will be an even bigger surprise.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. I saw Dancer Daughter on NetGalley. Hope it's as good as it sounds. Enjoy your reading week.

  7. Interesting reads, enjoy!

  8. Enjoy your new books! I like the new design of your blog.

  9. Hi Harvee,

    Although I don't read an awful lot of paranormal stories or teen novels, combined as it is with the classic thrills of the spy and thriller genres 'Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy' sounds excellent and is definitely on my TBR list.

    Thanks for featuring this great find and I hope that you enjoy it.


  10. Hi Harvee and Laura,

    I just spotted Laura's comment and I am on my way to see if the book is still available on NetGalley.


  11. One reason that the book by Kiem looks interesting is that it seems to combine genres in an original way.

  12. The ballet book sounds interesting. Hope you love it!


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